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25th CHOGM kicks off in London

LONDON : The 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting-CHOGM-2018 kicked off here on Thursday with the theme “Towards a Common Future’, reports UNB. Queen Elizabeth formally inaugurated the two-day summit at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. British Prime Minister Teresa May and Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland and Prime Minister of Malta and outgoing chair […]

Probe body formed over exchange of newborn babies in Ctg

CHATTOGRAM : Health Department of Chattogram yesterday formed a three member inquiry committee in connection with the exchange of newborn babies at a city hospital, reports BSS. The committee was asked to submit its report within 24 hours. The committee members are Dr Ashim Kumar Nath, superintendent of Andarkillah General Hospital, child specialist Dr Shah […]

PM clears 13 urgent files from London

LONDON : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is now in London to join the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), has cleared 13 urgent files digitally, reports UNB. “Despite her busy schedule in London, the Prime Minister is running office digitally and clearing files regularly,” said PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim on Thursday. Sheikh […]

Myanmar military must be held accountable: US

DHAKA : Visiting US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback on Thursday said the Myanmar military and other authorities must be held accountable for the ‘horrific and organised violence’ against Rohingyas, reports UNB. Speaking at a press conference at American Center here, he also said the US will take additional actions against […]

DoS chief engineer remanded

DHAKA : A court here on Thursday placed the Chief Engineer of the Department of Shipping Dr SM Nazmul Haque on a one-day remand in a graft case, reports UNB. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Fahd Bin Amin Chowdhury passed the order after hearing on a remand petition filed by Abdul Wadud, assistant director of Anti-Corruption […]

Bangladesh’s air quality falling fast : report

DHAKA : A global study has warned that the air quality in Bangladesh has been falling fast since 2010, taking the concentration of dangerous substance, known as particulate matter or PM 2.5, in the air to 10 times higher than the maximum level set by the World Health Organisation (WHO), reports UNB. WHO has set […]

Now Tarique is govt target, alleges BNP

DHAKA : BNP on Wednesday alleged that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is now devising a new roadmap to take political revenge on its acting chairman Tarique Rahman, reports UNB. “She (Hasina) has now made Tarique Rahman as her target. She’s trying to make another roadmap to take revenge on him and thus satisfy her anger,” […]

Demand of deploying army in local polls illogical: Quader

DHAKA : Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said the demand of deploying army for local government elections is illogical. “BNP did not deploy army in any election when the party was in power…Now BNP’s demand for deploying army in local government polls is illogical,” he told […]

Tarique must face justice : PM

LONDON : Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is now in the British capital to join the Commonwealth Summit, has said fugitive convict Tarique Rahman must face justice for the crimes he committed while her government was in talks with UK authorities for his extradition. “He (Tarique) will have to face the court . . . […]

BNP for army deployment in Gazipur, Khulna city polls

DHAKA : BNP on Tuesday demanded deployment of army seven days before the elections to Khulna and Gazipur city corporations billed for May 15, reports UNB. The party also sought immediate withdrawal of Gazipur Police Superintendent (SP) Harun-ur-Rashid and other partisan officials in the police and administration for the sake of a credible balloting. A […]

Working people’s real income falls: CPD

DHAKA : Bangladesh is sliding towards an ‘incomeless employment’ as real income of working class people has declined, reports UNB. Analysing the state of the Bangladesh Economy in the fiscal year of 2017-18, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) on Tuesday said this. Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, distinguished fellow of CPD came up with the remark during […]

Holy Shab-e-Barat on May 1

DHAKA : The holy Shab-e-Barat, the night of fortune, will be observed throughout the country on the night of May 1 (Tuesday) as the Shaban moon was sighted in the country tonight. The decision was taken at a meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee held at the Islamic Foundation conference room of Baitul Mukarram […]

ACC quizzes Chisty, 3 others

DHAKA : The Anti- Corruption Commission (ACC) grilled four accused, including Farmers Bank’s former Audit Committee chairman Mahabubul Haque Chisty, on Sunday in a case over embezzlement of Tk 160 crore and irregularities in loan disbursement, reports UNB. ACC Assistant Director (Public Relations) Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB that the interrogation started in the morning. […]

Khaleda Zia seriously ill: Rizvi

DHAKA : BNP on Sunday alleged that though its chairperson Khaleda Zia is seriously ill in jail, she has so far not given any treatment, reports UNB. “Our chairperson who is also a three-time Prime Minister of the country, is critically ill in jail but she’s not getting any treatment,” said Rizvi. He came up […]

No trader to be spared if found guilty: Asaduzzaman

DHAKA : Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Sunday urged the businesspeople to do their businesses in an ethical manner throughout the year, especially during the holy month of Ramadan, reports UNB. “Law enforcement agencies won’t spare any unscrupulous trader if he or she’s found guilty,” he said while addressing a seminar on ‘Ensuring rational price […]

First Bangladeshi cartoonists’ sticker on Facebook

DHAKA : On the eve of Bangla New Year 1425, Facebook has released the first Bangladeshi cartoonists’ special stickers made of a character ‘Drogo’, a little creature, reports UNB. The cartoonist twin – Manik and Ratan – has introduced the character “Play with Drogo” to the internet world. The special sticker set of 20 is […]

Coal-laden cargo sinks near Sundarbans

BAGERHAT : A cargo carrying 775 metric tonnes of coal capsized in the Pashur River in Mongla upazila near the Sundarbans on Saturday night, reports UNB. Commander Oli Ullah, harbour master of Mongla Port, said Jashore-bound ‘MV-Bilash’ capsized in the river around 10pm after loading coal from mother vessel MV-Observatory at the port. The incident […]

Dhaka calls for early repatriation of Rohingyas

DHAKA : Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali has called for the safe return of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar to have an early solution to the humanitarian crisis as there are security issues, reports UNB. “Their safe return is important not only on the humanitarian ground, but also there are some serious security […]

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BD, UNHCR sign MoU on Rohingya repatriation

DHAKA : UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the Bangladesh government on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) relating to the voluntary returns of Rohingya refugees once the conditions in Myanmar are conducive, reports UNB. The MoU, signed by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque […]